Booze and BBQ come to Manhattan

Some of the best things in life begin with 'B': there's baseball, and breakfast, and bromide (the ion, not the platitude or trite saying). Pay homage to three other great b's, at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival.

Having successfully traveled the Eastern seaboard's nether regions the past three years, BB&B's finally hitting Manhattan with two four-hour pig-outs offering unlimited tastes of 60+ beers, 40+ bourbons, and authentic barbecue, a line-up sure to attract an audience of men possessing another essential 'b' -- boobs. Brews include numerous styles from names like Ommegang, Saranac, Blue Point, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Southampton, Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Dixie, and Speakeasy, while the brown comes from bigguns (three kinds each of Jack and Turkey) and small-batchers such as A.H. Hirsch, Fighting Cock, Elijah Craig (12 & 18yr), Ancient Age, and Rebel Yell, for which you'll cry "more, more, more!". The 'cue involves pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken, and ribs, plus schloads of traditional sides, prepared both by interlopers (Virginia Valley Pig Laurel, MD's Kloby's BBQ), and local spots (Hill Country, Georgia's Eastside, Three Brothers Butcher...); the afternoon "VIP" session's also serving up a whole roasted hog, plus tastings of 10-plus artisanal bacons including D'artagnan duck bacon, hickory smoked wild boar, and Bayou bacon (Bayou bacon? No, buyme bacon! And another thing: that's nacho cheese!).

Rounding out the action's live bluegrass (Doug Yeomans & Mountain Run, M Shanghai String Band), hot sauce samplings, bourbon pairing seminars, a cigar bar & heated outdoor smoking lounge, and a mechanical Bull, your big chance to show your Boys that your not a Bagina.